Critical Thinking Framework

Paul- Elder Critical Thinking Framework

This reference was posted in a forum by one of my fellow classmates in PIDP 3240 – Media Enhanced Learning.  It is a great framework to use in order to hone your critical thinking skills.

This framework and process reminds me very much of a course I took recently called Precision Question and Answering.  The course tagline is Discover Your Best Thinking.

I really enjoyed this course.  It made me very aware that in order to develop our best thinking we needed to anticipate what questions others would have and to look at all sides of an issue in order to support our thinking,  it is very much like the framework outlined by Paul and Elder.

Questions to ask –

“Clarity
Could you elaborate?
Could you illustrate what you mean?
Could you give me an example?
Accuracy
How could we check on that?
How could we find out if that is true?
How could we verify or test that?
Precision
Could you be more specific?
Could you give me more details?
Could you be more exact?
Relevance
How does that relate to the problem?
How does that bear on the question?
How does that help us with the issue?
Depth
What factors make this difficult?
What are some of the complexities of this question?
What are some of the difficulties we need to deal with?
Breadth
Do we need to look at this from another perspective?
Do we need to consider another point of view?
Do we need to look at this in other ways?
Logic
Does all of this make sense together?
Does your first paragraph fit in with your last one?
Does what you say follow from the evidence?
Significance
Is this the most important problem to consider?
Is this the central idea to focus on?
Which of these facts are most important?
Fairness
Is my thinking justifiable in context?
Am I taking into account the thinking of others?
Is my purpose fair given the situation?
Am I using my concepts in keeping with educated usage, or am I distorting them to get what I want?” (“Paul-Elder critical thinking framework — university of Louisville ideas to action,” 2012)

I found myself using the Precision Questioning and Answering a number of times since taking this course.  I can certainly see using the Paul and Elder framework as well.

References

Paul-Elder critical thinking framework — university of Louisville ideas to action. (2012). Retrieved July 14, 2016, from http://louisville.edu/ideastoaction/about/criticalthinking/framework In-line Citation: (“Paul-Elder critical thinking framework — university of Louisville ideas to action,” 2012)

Precision questions and precision answers. (2015, September 20). Retrieved July 14, 2016, from http://sourcesofinsight.com/precision-questions-and-precision-answers


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  1. Great reference- love the specificity – am transferring it to my blog! BTW- I think your blog looks good, clear to read and to navigate. I still struggle with the optics of mine, the content I’m happy with, but the graphics and how to manipulate the layout is problematic. You’ve done a great job!

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